Church on a hill

25 years of ministry Heather Telford

This year marks twenty five years of ministry for the pastor of our church. He arrived in Ottawa shortly before we did in 2000 and our families have been friends ever since. His wife asked me if I would make a card for the occasion with a church on it. I looked through my stamps but the only church stamp was a snowy scene which was mainly trees with a snow laden church in the distance. As we are pretty happy to finally be free of snow I decided against using that stamp. I attempted a painting instead and found several church images as inspiration then combined elements from a few and set my church on a tree filled hillside. Rather than obscure some of the scene I printed the words on vellum and wrapped it round the painted panel. I used my gansai tambi watercolour paints for most of the painting then switched to watercolour pencils to add finishing touches.


Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Neenah Natural White 110lb cardstock, Neenah Epic Black cardstock, rust cardstock, vellum
Also:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils


20 Comments on “Church on a hill”

  1. Marliese says:

    Beautiful card.

  2. Dewi Lam says:

    Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee….. church painting…….. !!

  3. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done watercolor Heather…I am sure your Pastor will treasure your piece!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Micheline Jourdain says:

    Beautiful card! Beautiful watercolor! Love it!

  5. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    Lovely card and a wonderful story. Thanks for telling us about it.

  6. Pat says:

    A lovely card Heather and I adore the colours of these paints and your own drawing of the church and the lovely scene surrounding it has been well drawn and beautifully executed. I’m sure your Pastor will treasure it! x

  7. Beautiful! Now I know you’re much more than a hobby stamper! You’re an artist! The reason I became a stamper is because when I try to hold a brush, pencil, marker, chrcoal or whatever, I freeze and choke up so hard on the implement that I can barely make a mark on my blank paper. So, I am thouroughly impressed by what you can do with watercolors and a brush.

    I know your card will touch your pastor’s heart. I’d even bet his wife ends up framing it after displaying it for quite some time.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. jmhave44 says:

    I always knew you must be a trained artist. This is such a beautiful tribute to your pastor & he will treasure it I’m sure. Your skills are just awesome. TFS

  9. PS, I love how your mounted the vellum sentiment.

  10. Paulette S says:

    It’s perfect, Heather!

  11. Roxy says:

    WOW WOW 👏 artist in the room…. Beautiful I’m sure this will be greatly appreciated

  12. Vicky Schmidt says:

    Wow, you did great. You are very talent.

  13. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather, how beautiful, and your coloring is always so inspiring! What a blessing this will be to give to your pastor…it will touch his heart! Stunning depth and colors with the vellum really make this gorgeous! Hugs!

  14. Darlene K says:

    Hi Heather, I love the Church, it is so beautiful. Could you do a tutorial on You Tube. Would love to do one. Such talent you have and your Pastor will love this card. You are a blessed young lady. Hugs Darlene K
    Originally from Ont. Canada and my husband and I love Ottawa. See you on You Tube.

  15. Your card is a beautiful tiny work of art. I am sure your pastor will love it.

  16. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful painting, Heather. Putting the sentiment on vellum was the right choice, too.

  17. lolyborda43 says:

    Wow! Heather, your card is beautiful! I’m sure your pastor will treasure it for yeas to come. TFS

  18. karrenj says:

    Beautiful card! I am in awe of your talent.

  19. Bobby says:

    Why use stamps when you can paint like that. This is worthy of framing, Heather. But then I think that of all your work. 😉

  20. lirpastory says:

    That is so very impressive. I know your minister will love it.

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